India’s Team Indus partners with Japan’s Hakuto to share ride to moon

Indian private aerospace starup company Team Indus has partnered with its competitor Hakuto of Japanaese startup ispace Inc to carry its four-wheeled lunar rover to the Moon’s surface. In this regard both entities have signed a commercial agreement. It makes first-of-its-kind collaboration of two private space enterprises competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). TeamIndus’s 600 kg spacecraft will be launched on ISRO’s PSLV rocket on December 28, 2017. Now Team Indus’s spacecraft will also carry Hakuto’s 4 kg robotic rover. The GLXP announced in 2007 encourages private-funded entities to land on the Moon and rove on its surface for at least half a kilometre. All qualifying teams must launch their spacecraft by December 31, 2017.